Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Half a cowl & a cucumber

A few days not bloging finds me with a severe case of playing catch up. I have managed to reply to all the comments on my last post & am trying to work my way through all of your blogs.

I had a few issues when I started my knitted fair isle cowl, the yarn I am using is cotton so wouldn't quite stretch when using circular needles. Rather than pulling my hair out in frustration I started to knit it on normal needles. I have made a few mistakes in reading the pattern but it doesn't look too bad & it is my first fair isle project after all. I keep on holding it up to Mike saying' Look Michael look & look at the back too'He quite graciously looks & smiles. He has also been trained well to say 'very good darling'.
And here is the back which I am particularly pleased about!

The weather yesterday was glorious here. After our usual Sunday visiting we spent a couple of hours in the garden & made a start on getting the greenhouse ready. Mike managed to drag the peach tree out as I really have no room for it with all the greenhouse crops ready to plant up. He also made a contraption for the cucumber to grow up & across the roof space.
The cucumber plant was desperate to be planted the poor thing, it has cucumbers on it already & was still in it's tiny plant pot. We are only growing the one cucumber plant this year, they are so prolific & we end up giving lots  away. The rest of the greenhouse will be used for chillies, peppers, tomatoes & the tomatillos.

Its half term here this week so should prove fairly relaxing. I'm working from home until Friday to take care of the boy. Though at twelve he is nearly as tall as me! Mike is off from Friday so I will be back in the office then.

So with luck this week should see the greenhouse planted up for the summer a finished cowl & a happy twelve year old.

Must go the dishwasher needs emptying & the boy is enquiring over what's for breakfast & the possibility of a coffee.  I will try hard to play catch up throughout the day!

As always enjoy your day xx

Ps Does anyone receive an email when I reply to a comment left on my blog. There appears to be a UPS tracking code at the top of the email which undoubtedly is a scam or an attempt to place a bug on your computer should you open it. Or does anyone no how to remove it. Any help would be most appreciated.
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53 comments:

  1. That knitting must require some concentration - looking good. Must admit you had me with the title - I thought you had picked a cucumber already!

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    1. Surprisingly not that much though I do need to concentrate in not tangling myself up in the wool! Ha ha it wont be long before I am picking a cucumber, it has a couple more coming through.

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  2. I have unpredictable weather during last two weeks. It should be in dry season, but we get too much rain along the weeks. So, my seedlings became rottened and died. I have no cucumber seedlings remain on my raised bed. I hope your will grow so well.

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    1. Oh no Endah I'm sorry to hear that. Is it too late for you to sow again?

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  3. The cowl is looking great. It's so satisfying to see the pattern building up isn't it. I do the same thing to Joe - "look have you seen it". Like Mike, he mostly just smiles and nods!

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    1. Thank you, I love knitting fair isle now as you say you can see the pattern building up as you knit. Ha ha do you do the same when he shows you what he is making though!

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    2. Of course ;) Surely all good marriages are built of the default of "yes dear"!

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  4. Oh they do suffer our manifestations stoically, don't they?

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  5. That's why I only grow one cucumber! Have a good week.
    Re your PS, I don't get emails for blog comments so can't help. Flighty xx

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    1. Incredibly prolific aren't they. It's the only plant I buy the seeds are too expensive to leave in the packet for next year. Thank you any way.

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  6. Enjoy your half term week and I hope you get all the things done you hope to. I look forward to seeing your finished cowl.

    As for your PS I haven't had an email re your reply
    Jackie

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    1. We will thanks fingers crossed I will get some of it done. Hopefully I will finish it this weekend then I can find a fair isle mitten pattern.

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  7. I haven't had an e mail ref your replies either.
    We put our cucumbers in the ground on Saturday. We are growing two, both varieties we've not grown before...let's see if they measure up to our usual.
    Jane x

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    1. Oh good luck with your cucumbers, very brave trying tow new ones. Then again I just pick whatever plant variety is in the garden centre.

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  8. Your knitting is very impressive, back and front! It sounds like you have a busy week ahead.
    I don't get emails either.

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    1. Thank you, it has been a lovely thing to knit. Always busy here.

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  9. The cowl is really coming on, hard to believe it's your first attempt at fair isle. I don't get emails when you reply to my comments, sorry I can't help.

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    1. It's great isn't it, the camera covers a multitude of errors but I have really enjoyed knitting it, thats ok thank you anyway.

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  10. Do you plant your tomatoes out or do you leave them in the greenhouse?

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    1. I normally grow them in the greenhouse, it is always touch and go with the weather for them to ripen outside. I do stick a couple outside though but for a guaranteed crop they need to be undercover.

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  11. I do not get emails when you reply, sorry. Could you be a no-reply blogger? Your cowl is looking gorgeous. I'm in awe of anyone who can knit that way, it's amazing to me.

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    1. No I'm not a no-reply-blogger. I think it is something you can set up to receive an email if a blogger replys to your comment. Thank you it was easier than I thought its still full of mistakes but as its my first project I expected that. I must day I have enjoyed knitting it.

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  12. I just got a weird email but deleted it just now. You cowl is so nice and it will be nice to have cucumbers.
    Julie

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    1. How very odd! Thank you & yes it will be nice to have cucumbers.

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  13. Awesome thanks for sharing have a blessed evening

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  14. I don't get e-mails from you when you reply to my comments, I don't know if you get mine when I reply to you - not in the comments? Hope that you have a good week and that you get lots of cucumbers when the time comes! xx

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    1. I think it is something you can set up when you get an email back when a blogger reply to a comment you have left on their post. No doubt I will get inundated with cucumbers, it always surprises me with how prolific they are.

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  15. Your cowl looks great, can't wait to see it finished. I know what you mean about cucumbers, we planted three the first time we grew them and it was cucumbers galore all summer so we just go for the singleton now! I don't get e-mails when you reply to my comments on your blog, but then I assumed that was the same with everyone. I sometimes get reply emails from other bloggers but that's because they've emailed me directly. I've been in a bit of a quandary about this one, if I reply to people via email it means that no-reply bloggers don't get a reply, if I reply on the blog, then the recipient may not have been back to the comments for that post. Last couple of times I've just said thank you on the next post but I'm not sure I like that either! Not had UPS tracking code thing. Sorry, went on a bit there. Have a good week.
    Jane x

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    1. Thank you, I am kidding myself it will be finished for the weekend! Oh yes one plant is enough for any family, I get far more cucumbers off one plant than I do courgettes off three plants. It's a minefield when wondering what to do about comments sometimes you can occupy yourself too much with it. Glad you are not getting the tracking code.

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  16. The fairisle is coming on great, well done, now you have mastered it it will be matching Fair Isle jumpers for the family this christmas. :-)

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    1. Thank you, I threaten the family quite often with something knitted! I think it will be mittens for me next, I've always fancied a pair.

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  17. Ah Jo, I congratulate you on even attempting fair isle, and you're doing a great job of it - aren't hubbies funny with their comments - or lack of! Your garden looks to be doing well - it's worth the effort isn't it.
    When I reply to comments on my blog those replies don't automatically go so these days, (having realised most folks don't have time to check back), I also forward them in emails to those who are not no-reply-bloggers, otherwise it depends on the sender of the original message to check back to my post for replies; I hope that makes sense?
    Have a great week and many thanks for your sweet messages on mine! Love, Joy xo

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    1. Thank you, I am coping with it far better than I thought I would! Indeed they are as long as they are well trained. It doe make sense thank you & my pleasure. Have a great week.

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  18. I would say that your knitting looks absolutely wonderful friend! Happy gardening this week! I have a bit to still get in as well! And as far as the comment things go...I am the worst person to ask as everyone tells me when things go wrong with my blog! HA! The tech stuff is just beyond me! Wishing you an outstanding week lady! Nicole xoxo

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    1. Thank you, the camera hides many a mistake but I'm still pleased with it. Yes my tech knowledge is extremely limited. Just trying to find an answer to a question. Have a fab week.

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  19. You are clever Joanne. The design looks very pretty.

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    1. Thank you very much, its actually full of mistakes but I am rather pleased with it & it is still wearable.

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  20. your knitting is beautiful. Even I feel while knitting I need more concentration. I end up doing a knit where I need to purl. :-P I'm not much into gardening, but it must be fun to have a vegetable garden. growing your own veggies. :-)
    Following your now, will stop by often.
    -Ranjitha

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    1. Thank you, yes that is one of the many mistakes amongst my cowl! It's rather lovely to be able to nip out & pick something for dinner. Thank you for following me I shall pop over to see you too.

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  21. Our cucs go mad in the greenhouse so that frame looks a great idea :-) Love your knitting too- I tend to knit over the winter and have a project on the go which is paused until then - to make L a blanket for his bed.

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    1. I did take a photo of the string at the top to the small contraption on the opposite side. The greenhouse is going to be full of them, they do grow like crazy don't they! Thank you I quite often knit/crochet in the greenhouse not that I will have a lot of space this year with cucumbers!

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  22. Hi Jo, Thats going to be a very pretty cowl for sure. I love the colours.I do dream that I will own a vegetable garden some day....:) Thank you for your kind visit and words!! So nice to meet you!!

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    1. Thank you, I am thinking of it as a practise one as there are quite a few mistakes but I have really enjoyed making it. I've had my veg garden for a few years now & I love it! My pleasure xx

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  23. Nice to hear you have beautiful weather. It's beginning to get warmer in Idaho and vegetables are growing nicely. It's awesome you have a green house. I'd like to have one someday. I start many of my seeds inside our house under grow lights. I seriously need more room! What vegetables are you growing? Do you plant flowers from seeds?

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    1. We had one day, I'm glad its getting warmer for you & we are sure to have several more warm days. I love my greenhouse & the history behind it. It came from a house local to me & was carried in one piece with the previous owners weathervane still attached. I am growing beans squash, pumpkins, salads chard sweetcorn etc. Lots of things actually but smaller amounts. I mostly grow from seed & buy the odd plant.

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  24. Cowl coming along splendidly. I get an email when you leave me a comment but I don't get any others.

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    1. Thank you, its full of mistakes but I know how they happened so that's half the battle. I am pleased with it though.

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  25. The cowl's looking great ... you're brave tackling Fair Isle with cotton, but it's clearly working out.

    No emails here so I'm sorry I can't help with that.

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    1. Thank you, not my brightest idea but it was the only 4ply I had. I am going to make it again but in wool now I know I can knit the thing. Thank you anyway

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  26. Hi Joanne thanks for the comment over on my blog. I love your knitting, its very pretty.
    Regarding your cucumbers, I have never grown them as we dont eat that many. I dont know why but I always think they will be difficult to grow.

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    1. My pleasure & thank you. My dad used to grow them in the most complicated fashion & it nearly put me off. I plonk mine in a pot in the greenhouse, construct a frame & tie it up as it grows!

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